Greetings on this the Memorial of Saint Francis Xavier, Priest
Readings: IS 30:19-21, 23-26; PS 147:1-2, 3-4, 5-6; MT 9:35–10:1, 5A, 6-8
Notes: (The franciscan media reflection is particulary appropriate for our times.)
I will use their theme today: Time.
The Lord makes time for you.
Kairos time – the appointed time of God.
This is the time of fulfillment. The kingdom of God is at hand. Repent, and believe in the gospel (Mk 1:15).
- In person – Holy Spirit
- In person – The Son
- Gives bread and water
- Help with crops and flock
- On the day the LORD binds up the wounds of his people, he will heal the bruises left by his blows.
- He calls us to make TIME for one another.
All of us are called to “go and preach to all nations—see Matthew 28:19. Our preaching is not necessarily on distant shores but to our families, our children, our husband or wife, our coworkers. And we are called to preach not with words, but by our everyday lives. Only by sacrifice, the giving up of all selfish gain, could Francis Xavier be free to bear the Good News to the world. Sacrifice is leaving yourself behind at times for a greater good, the good of prayer, the good of helping someone in need, the good of just listening to another. The greatest gift we have is our time. Francis Xavier gave his to others.
Thus says the Lord GOD, the Holy One of Israel:
No longer will your Teacher hide himself, but with your own eyes you shall see your Teacher,
While from behind, a voice shall sound in your ears: “This is the way; walk in it,” when you would turn to the right or to the left.
Blessed are all who wait for the Lord.
He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds. He tells the number of the stars; he calls each by name.
The LORD is our Judge, our Lawgiver, our King; he it is who will save us.
Cure the sick, raise the dead, cleanse lepers, drive out demons. Without cost you have received; without cost you are to give.
Peace be with you,